From the sound of bagpipes and the vibrant hues of kilt tartans to the lore of ancient castles and the footsteps of royalty, Scotland will leave an indelible mark on your family that will lead to generations of stories to come. Few destinations mix history, tradition, bold personalities and stunning scenery like Scotland. And you won’t be lacking for amazing adventures, including world-class golf and fantastic nature, wildlife and culinary excursions.
Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to Scotland special:
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
BIKE TOUR OF
Join your private cycling guide for private cycle ride (18 km) through the dramatic and contrasting cityscape of Edinburgh. Sample the rich diversity which Edinburgh has to offer: picturesque cycle paths, a few of the iconic sites in the heart of the city, verdant Holyrood Park and a coastal promenade.
ADULT ONLY TRAVELERS
TASTE SOME OF THE BEST
Take a tour of the Edradour Distillery, the smallest of its kind in Scotland, to see how craftsmen turn barley into the 'water of life', with a sample of their Highland Single Malt at the end. Continue on to the Famous Grouse Experience at the Glenturrett Distillery. Located in the picturesque town of Crieff, you will be able to learn where another of Scotland’s best-loved blended whiskies is produced and marketed to the world.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12
TRAIN A GUN DOG IN
THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
Gleneagles’ sleek, highly trained and obedient Labradors will follow your commands like a dream. Pick up tips from our expert handlers, learn a trick or two to try out on your own canine companion back home, or simply enjoy a huge amount of fun.
GLOBAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK
Get involved in an activity that makes a real difference – the conservation work that serves to protect and enhance the natural local environment. Join in with a group of like-minded people to learn more about the work of the John Muir Trust and give something back to nature by helping out with path and fence repair work and the planting and nurturing of native trees. As well as providing an interesting educational insight into how wild places have been damaged by development and how positive action might be taken to redress the balance, the experts of the Trust are also able to offer the tools and the skills to supervise your assistance. The more you understand about the impact of your work in helping keep the beautiful hills and beaches clean, the greater your sense of reward at this hands-on experience.
Ages to Travel
Travel to Scotland is suitable for all ages.
Time of Year to Travel
There’s just so much to see and do, any time of year, with summer and winter events & festivals, excellent conditions during spring and autumn (fall) for outdoor activities, and culture and history that is not dependent on the season or the weather.
SPRING: A beautiful time of year to visit Scotland for our clean fresh air, plants and flowers, and to see the mountains, lochs and countryside in all their scenic splendour. SUMMER: Another nice time to visit Scotland, and to be honest, some years there’s not too much of a difference weather wise, from spring to summer.
The good thing about summer is that Edinburgh, our capital city is buzzing. The streets are alive with not only local and national visitors, but performers from all over the world converge on the city to take part in the popular Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which runs for a full three weeks in August. Summer events give way to the more relaxed pace of our AUTUMN events, like the Scottish Countryside Festival in Glamis, Angus, in the grounds of Glamis Castle, and provides great fun for everyone in the family. This is also an ideal time for all the outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the best of walking, cycling and climbing. WINTER: When winter is approaching, many tourists visit Scotland just to sample the shopping experience that Glasgow and Edinburgh have to offer. Some stay for winter events, and there are some spectaculars with Glasgow On Ice, running from late November until late December, with music and ice dancing. But those who really want to let their hair down return year after year for the fabulous Edinburgh Hogmanay Party event. We also have many visitors coming for the skiing in Scotland, to enjoy the fantastic slopes and stunning scenery, but there’s no rush to get here in January or February, because the good news is, we can sometimes get snowfalls right up until Easter.
Travel Documents Required
A valid passport is required with six months before expiration for entry into The United Kingdom. To apply for a visa or passport click this link: www.cibtvisas.com/departurelounge
Please note that passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry. Please note also that passports must be valid for six (6) months before departure and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps. Global CommUnity cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements.